100 YEARS OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE CELEBRATED AT HENHAYES CENTRE

Henhayes Community Centre invited people to join them on Friday (June 22nd) to celebrate 100 years of the Royal Air Force, which was formed on April 1st 1918 and absorbed the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Air Service. The RAF took its place beside the British navy and army as a separate service with its own ministry under a secretary of state for air. The RAF Fighter Commands most famous campaign during wartime was the Battle of Britain. An exhibition of RAF memorabilia on Friday, included models of a Lancaster bomber and a Hurricane and Spitfire both premier fighting planes during the Second World War. Other wartime items on display included a black and white photograph of F/L G L Marshall and F/L M W Colledge, from 139 Squadron at RAF Wyton who along with their Mosquito plane were lost without trace on active service during WW11.

Group Captain Paul Bradly whose former students at the RAF Air Navigation School include Sir Stuart Peach GBE KCB ADC DL, now Air Chief Marshal and Chief of the Defense Staff, gave a talk on his life in the RAF. Paul provided two DVDs for visitors to watch, V-Force Battle For The Skies relaying the story of the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant and 100 Years Of The RAF narrated by Sir Martyn Lewis. The Crewkerne Branch of the Royal British Legion provided an exhibition of photographs, war medals and other memorabilia covering the history of World War 1 and World War 11, as they commemorated 100 years since the end of the First World War.

Visitors were able to enjoy a themed two course lunch before enjoying a talk on World War One and how it affected Crewkerne residents by a researcher from Crewkerne & District Museum & Heritage Centre. The day ended with the opportunity to reminisce over wartime songs with Jan McNeill and a cream tea. The event was supported by Marks & Spencer Neighbourly Scheme, with eight members of staff from the Yeovil store volunteering as helping hands, as part of the company’s pledge to GIVE Back to local communities by supporting local projects that matter to the community. A collection was made during the centenary celebration day for the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) and the Royal British Legion.

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